An Inconvenient Truth

Posted by on May 5th, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Here’s Mike Peters’ Mother Goose and Grimm for February 8.

No joke. No laughs at all. Just an exquisitely simple series of pictures hooked to a single thought. The cat and the dog are in exactly the same position—every panel composed alike—in each of the three panels. Nothing moves. Except our feelings. And the sequence itself, which, by trickling out the verbiage a little at a time, exploits the medium’s capacity for timing, pacing, and it’s the timing of the idea here that helps pack its punch, delivering the message. That and the static visuals, which embody restraint—respect, perhaps.

Nicely done.

It’s now been three months since Peters’ strip was published; four months since the earth shook the bejesus out of Haiti. Have you thought about Haiti lately?

Probably not. We’ve moved on. We’re now thinking about bombs in Time Square and guns at political rallies. We’re more like Al Capp’s Dogpatchers than we’d like to admit.  Click to enlarge.

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2 Responses to “An Inconvenient Truth”

  1. hcduvall says:

    I take your point, and largely agree with it, but I dunno how effective it is to compare our national attention span or lack thereof to a thankfully thwarted terrorist attack. Hell, I think the Times Square is important enough just for being an opportunity to reassert the importance of Mirandizing citizens.

  2. R.C. Harvey says:

    Yes, maybe. I didn’t think, however, that I was comparing our attention span to anything. I was just sayin’ it was pretty short. If anything is being compared, it is probably gun-tottin’ partisans at political rallies and bombs in Times Square. And that, admittedly, is something of a stretch.